Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Gold Medallion (Advanced Lifesaving)

Award Summary:

The aim of this course is to provide participants with advanced skills and knowledge to manage emergency situations autonomously.

Unit/s of Competency:

There are currently no units of competency aligned with this award.


On successful completion the participants will receive the SLSA Gold Medallion (Advanced lifesaving)

Course content:

  • Perform Complex Patient Rescue and Support, Aided and Unaided by Equipment
    • Select appropriate rescue equipment
    • Access and manage the patient’s levels of distress
    • Support and return patients to shore
    • Perform a one-person drag technique and patient lay
  • Perform Surf Skill and Fitness Test
    • Complete a 400 metre swim, 800 metre run, 400 metre board paddle and 800 metre run in 25 minutes
    • Complete tube rescue of patient 100 metres out at sea and return (flippers optional)
    • Complete board rescue of patient 200 metres out at sea and return
  • Work Autonomously
    • Plan and undertake work activities
    • Accept responsibilities
    • Set performance requirements
    • Maintain team performance


  • Candidates must be a minimum of 17 years of age on the date of the final assessment
  • Complete an 800 metre swim in 14 minutes or less in a pool no less than 25 metres in length
  • Candidates must hold the following SLSA awards:
    • Hold a current SLSA Bronze Medallion/Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue)
    • Hold a current Advanced Resuscitation Certificate
    • Hold a current Senior First Aid Certificate
    • Hold a current Silver Medallion Patrol Captain/Basic Beach Management
    • Hold a current Silver Medallion Advanced Emergency Care

Course Duration:

The duration of the course is dependent on prior learning and fitness levels.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

If you believe you already possess some or all of the skills and knowledge of this course, you may wish to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Consult the SLSNSW RPL Guide for Applicants available on the Participant Resources page of the SLSNSW website.

Course enquiries:

Please contact the Chief Training Officer at your Club.


Candidates will be required to demonstrate competency in all elements in the workplace. They will be required to complete activities that may include oral and written questioning, practical demonstrations of skills and performing scenarios.


For this award to remain current, candidates must perform an annual proficiency check. These must be done by appointed Gold Medallion assessors. Proficiencies are usually run in conjunction with Gold Medallion assessments.


Trainers for this award must be endorsed to train/assess Bronze Medallion. Assessors for Gold Medallion are appointed each year by SLSLNC Branch

Training resources for this course:


  • Training enrolment form
  • RPL application form
  • Participant evaluation form
  • Training course report
  • Multiday attendance sheet
  • Assessors completion form


  • Public Safety and Aquatic Rescue (33rd edition)

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